In Amsterdam, an unknown terrorist group has sent emails to some business owners in the region. Although there are currently no hostages, the group has taken it upon itself to threaten about three coffee shops and a Club, that until a ransom of 50,000 euros worth of Bitcoins is paid, these businesses will be bombed by hand grenades, and there will be a mass shooting.
As revealed by NLTimes, the terrorist group took out time to lay out the demands that were to be met, and explicitly stated that they want about 7 BTC to be transferred to either Coinmama or Coinbase cryptocurrency exchanges. They went further to add that the digital asset, was to be forwarded to a Bitcoin address which they had specified.
According to Maurice Veldman, a lawyer representing these businesses, despite the threats, residents of the area have remained unfazed by the potential attack. In their opinion, this was a senseless attack which could easily be done by anyone, and as such, it was not enough reason to incite fear within them.
The local authorities on the other hand, who have confirmed the validity of the threat said that this was not the first of its kind. It appears that the group is trying to take advantage of the current situation in the country where some businesses had a hand grenade tied to their doors.
This can be attested to, by part of the message which states that:
You probably noticed how many entrepreneurs have had to close their doors recently by order of the municipality. To prevent you from being the next one, you must immediately take action.
As one of the conditions stated by the author of the message, the ransom was going to double every week, and if in 5 days it was not paid, then it will go ahead and execute its threat. Alternatively, if they were to meet its demands, they will never hear from them again.
The mail also stated that;
“If we find out that you have filed a report or shared this message with someone else, we will immediately ensure that you can close the doors for at least 3 months. As soon as you get permission again from the municipality to open your doors, we will come again unless you pay 200k.”
With the market currently experiencing hikes and falls in prices, it is not surprising that there’s someone out there who wants to take advantage of the situation. The 7.79 BTC demanded is currently valued at about 50,000 dollars which is not money that one can easily come by within a short period.